Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2013
10/13/2010. On tap at the brewery. Dark brown with a tan head. Roasted malt aromas with caramel and dried fruit. Semi-sweet flavors at first with fruit leaving the way. shigadeyo (3739) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Beerdedone (3408) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2013
6/23/2010: Avery 17 Dry-Hopped Black Ale... Aroma: Hoppy with cocoa and hints of coffee. Appearance: Near black, opaque; dense, lasting tan-colored head; fine lacing. Flavor: Chocolate, lightly roasted malts; coffee flavor and accompanying bitterness in the finish; dry hopping is evident, but not overpowering; good balance overall. Palate: Medium-bodied; smooth; good mouthfeel. Overall: Good offering; seems stronger than 6.9% ABV, but still really good regardless!
Sample from 22 fl. oz. bottle (6.9% ABV) at Marty’s Hops and Vines in North College Hill (Cincinnati, Ohio). Rating #354 for this beer.
Bottle. Pours dk brown/black with a tan head. Aroma of mild roast, chocolate, caramel and light fruit. Flavor was sweet and malty with chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, grass and some black coffee. rarbring (2294) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2012
Aroma: The smell is mostly herbal, grass, pine, but a bit dusty.PhillyCraft (7228) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2012
Appearance: This beer is dark, very dark, brown, clear and with a high, slowly settling, head. Lots of lacing!
Taste: Tasting first sweet, dark brown bread, some dried fruits, herbal notes of grass, pine, some anisette.
Palate: Medium to low carbonation, smooth and thick, a dry finish.
Overall: A very different lager indeed. Not bad at all, but could have been a stout.
Note: Bottle. Reviewed 2010-10-08.
Not usually my style but the ratings were solid so I decided to grab a bottle from total wine in Cherry Hill. Pours a deep ruby brown color with medium head and a very sticky lacing. Aromas and taste of barley malt, chocolate, rye bread, lemons, asian soy, and oats. A little boozey but nothing too crazy. Good
tmoreau (4365) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Cellared, May 2010 bomber poured to snifters with a black/brown hue and just a slight edge of ruby highlighting, a light tan, bubbles & cream head, and spots & streaks of lacing clinging to the glass. The nose was crusts, roastiness, chocolate, caramel, a touch of dark fruit sweetness, treacle, and showed it’s age with the slightest hint of soy. Only medium bodied with decent malt, low hop bitterness, and light warmth, the flavor was smooth, but less expressive in presenting the former notes. The finale exhibited a pleasant dryness. Thanks Brad for sharing! daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2012
Dark brien pour, tannish head. Aroma is light roast, some cocoa notes, a hint of ash and sweet malts. Flavor is fruity, toasty, light roast. madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2012
18th August 2010arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2012
Opaque black beer. Good light brown head. The head is creamy with a little smoky malt. Soft palate - light and fluffy. Creamy dark malt. Whisper of roast. A little lactose sweetness. Soft finish has a little hop bitterness. Comes over as a sumptuous porter. Nice.
A friend of mine split this with me and to be honest, I was disappointed. It was just unremarkable and I have usually found Avery anniversary beers interesting. Dark black color obviously with a malty smell. The taste was like a dark lager but was just kind of boring. The beer was not hard to drink but for an $8 anniversary beer I would expect a little more.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-01-2010 02:57:27 QuezXLV (423) - Virginia, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Intense bitter and sweet aroma. Black color and thick foam. Thin and oily on the palate. Strong aftertaste of hops.